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Eddyville, Illinois Map

Trail is very well laid out. No special scenic areas, just a nice walk through old growth forest.

We have hiked and backpacked there several times over the years and it is still one of my favorite places.

Same as everyone else has stated, the trek down can be rugged and boring, but the ending is worth it.

The hike to the creek is a little rough and somewhat boring. The trail would be pretty easy, but it is torn up and extremely muddy from the horses. Wear boots and bring an extra pair of shoes for the ride home unless you want your car to be a complete disaster and smell like horse poop.
The views of the canyon and the water make the trip totally worth it! Be sure to use the app while hiking to make sure you stay on the correct trail!

5 months ago

This trail is also frequented by horses... so extremely muddy. Nice views.

The actual hike down to the creek is pretty boring, but totally worth it when you get to the creek. Bring a fishing rod if you want to fish. I caught a 4 pound bass in a deep pool off of the canyon wall. Amazing scenery and the water is nice and clean to swim in.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lusk Creek Wilderness is a beautiful and magical place and would easily get 5 stars — except for the horses. Eff the horses.

The below detailed equestrian issues aside, we had a good time. We backpacked three days/two nights. Info on good spots to pitch a tent are difficult to come across online, but with some exploring, we found a couple nice rock sheltered sites with existing fire rings (photo geo located on the map) that kept us dry in the storms. We saw a lot of fish down at Indian Kitchen but didn't have any luck catching supper. I'd be up for exploring the area more, but only during a dry period where the trails may be a little more passable...

You know how mountain bikers have an unwritten rule to not use trails when wet? Horse trail riders have no such rule, and the trail system is a decimated mucky mess of ankle deep manure infused sludge. Even the little work arounds that hikers have tried to create have also taken over by horse tracks. Many of the riders seemed to have an attitude of "this place is for horses, why are you here?" This was evident each time they'd act all upset that their horse was skittish of people walking on foot. A woman on horse back even yelled at us in bad word language while we were trying to cook breakfast (I guess a tent and small fire was too much for her horse to handle as she had to get off and walk the frightened animal past us, making it clear how we'd inconvenienced her).

That said, there were a couple friendly riders, but they were few compared to the rebel-flag-wearing loud obnoxious fireball-drinking self entitled trail ruining horsie riders.

Additionally, the trails are poorly marked. Inconsistent to non existent blazes coupled with riders making their own trails wherever they please can make navigating tricky, even with a compass and map.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

worth the hike, beautiful!!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Typical national forest rustic for fee campground. Does have water, pit toilets, picnic tables at the camp sites. Is clean and closet camping to Bell Springs.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Went there last fall, it is worth the hike!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Good hike but really meant for horses.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

More of a horse trail and it's a long walk for an "cave" overhang.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Although this trail starts out easy through pine stands and old farmstead roads, the Indian Gardens and Lusk Creek Nature makes it worth the hike. This hike, out and back, can also extend to numerous other trails throughout the Lusk Creek Wilderness area. It offers great overnight backpacking opportunities.

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